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Ponting ton in first-class swansong

Ricky Ponting marked his final first-class innings with a century as Surrey battled for survival against Notts. The former Australia captain reached three figures by dancing down the pitch to spinner Samit Patel and hitting his 14th four of his innings. The 38-year-old Tasmanian's 82nd first-class ton arrived off 182 balls after 237 minutes at the crease. Ponting's innings came as his former Australian team-mates were playing England in the first Ashes Test match. It was the second century in his short spell at Surrey after he hit 192 on his debut against Derbyshire, and although he will not make any more Championship appearances, with South Africa's JP Duminy set to replace him as overseas player, he will be playing one-day cricket for the county until the end of July. Resuming on 41 not out, he lost partner Arun Harinath in the first over of the day, bowled behind his legs by Harry Gurney for 69, and two overs later Zander de Bruyn was run out. When Steven Davies was bowled by Andre Adams, Surrey were 218-5 and just six runs ahead, but Ponting and Zafar Ansari shared an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership of 64 up to the lunch interval to give their side hope of avoiding defeat. Ponting walked off the field for the break to huge applause and with 108 to his name out of a total of 282-5.